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Jumping around, punching, kicking, and generally being violent to <b>LIVE</b> music, usually heavy metal, punk rock, hardcore or anything fast and hard.

It is not an excuse to try and hurt people but was origionally formed due to heavy metallers trying to release some of the fustrations of life.

Early Punkers didnt mosh, they skanked, pogoed and put stanley knives in each others backs.
"Dude! what happened to your arm?"

"Some tosser took a skateboard into the moshpit. Prick"

"Sucks to be you man."
by Wil C December 23, 2005
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a place at a gig where you can dance with however the fuck you want with a bunch of people you don't know. the dancing will often include punches aimed in the air NOT at the person nearest to you however usually results in full contact. can be dangerous however everyone with a ticket should feel welcome in the mosh pit.
i'm not going in the moshpit tonight cuz i have a weak knee/some jock in the moshpit punched me in the mouth and just acted like nothing happened.
by buncey November 20, 2004
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mosh pits are the metal heads dance, unlike most dances of today, this one it very violent and involves a lot of pushing, shoving, screaming and shouting. usually they starts when a metal band plays a very heavy song and people being to head bang to the music. then some one head bangs a little bit to fast and hit some one else, and the hit them back (as any good metal head would). the person who was hit goes in to another person who also pushes them, and so the dance of the metal heads has begun!!
john:YEAHHH!!(hits of Joe in his fit of headbanging)
Joe:WATCH IT!!(pushes john, john hits off another metal head and they push him..) and so on and so on until there is a lot of people jumping on people and crazy give u a proper example i would have to show u! and thats how to start mosh pits!
by Brian666 August 16, 2006
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The ultimate way to show your love for your loud, pounding music taste. Controlled violence. The thing about the Mosh Pit is NOONE will take offence at you whacking them in the face...(I personally congradulate those that get a good shot in) there are different type of "pits" you can participate in, here are a few.

Closed Pit: Tight, hard to move and hard to breathe. A closed pit will usually happen during popular heavy songs like Slipknot - Duality or a S.O.A.D song.

Open Pit: Generally the worst/best you can pick a target and reach them, throw them across the floor punch them, barge them. There's enough room to just dive about punching everyone still causing little offece (Do be prepared to be hit back...a lot)
songs that will get open pits are the less popular but heavy ones.
Motograter music gathers a lot of open pits.

Circle Pit: The larger or stronger Moshers or Metal heads will run around in an empty circle punching those on the outside of the circle and pushing the runner infront until he either leaves or falls to be trodden on. these will happen on most slayer songs.

Slam-dancing Pits: Created by "Wooble" of Wolverhmapton fame. One hand will be behind back at all times (usually holding your beer) and the other one will be swinging side to side, whaloping other slam-dancers and headbanging to yourself.
Lamb Of God - Now You've Got Something To Die For
Is perfect to slam-dance to.

Piss-take Pits: Maetal heads will enjoy poking fun at the emo music by doe-see-doeing and linking arms and swinging happily...Some even girly-mosh in where they rest their heads on tachothers shoulders and flail their arms madly. this is where you generally ignore themusic and do stupid things while the emo's dance.

Any phisical damage done in a mosh pit should be "handshaked" away no hard feelings, enjoy
"I couldn't breathe in the Duality pit, totally squashed by mini's again"

"OMFG! Did you see the Open pits at Motograter, some fat guy charged streight throught the middle at me!it was amazing."

"You see me and Wooble slam-dancing? i think we shifted a good few emmo's"

"Total piss-take pit to MCR, was quite amusing."
by Herowyn July 23, 2005
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A nice circle where you are allowed to hug anyone you want. Next time you go to a concert please run to the center of that circle, if you get there first you'll get the most hugs! Hug everyone, but most importantly have fun!

Ps. Ignore the other definitions of "moshpit" they just want to scare you away cause they want to get to the center first. Don't let them fool you!
Lead singer: MOSHPIT!

Everyone: *runs to the center*

Leader singer: looks like the chick in the white shirt got there first!

Everyone: aw!

Lead singer: everyone hug her!

Everyone: *hugs her*

Girl in white shirt: yay! Best day of my life!
by iseesyou July 08, 2013
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a thing that takes place at metal concerts in which people basically kick the living shit out of each other.
"ohhh man, i got my ear ripped off at the hatebreed concert last night."
by person who knows his shit November 15, 2003
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The area near the front of the stage at punk rock and metal concerts where fans will run into each other continously. This is also known as slamdancing. It is not uncommon for people to shove their friends into the pit. Normally, the pit isn't very dangerous, and most will follow the rules of a friendly pit. For example, if someone falls down in the pit, the other moshers are expected to pick them up and get them out of harms way.

There are also variatons on the mosh pit, including circle pits, and the wall of death.
If you go to a punk show, there's going to be a mosh pit there.

"I got shoved into the mosh pit!"
by Franticc July 07, 2007
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